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Traffic and Transportation Commission Looks to Future in Annual Report

The city’s Traffic and Transportation Commission is focused on how the city can best address emerging transportation technologies, such as self-driving cars and is brainstorming ways to become more data-driven, the commission said in its annual report to the Mayor and Council on Jan. 10.

The nine-member commission advises the Mayor and Council on transportation planning and traffic matters. Its goals for this year also include taking a closer look at its authorizing resolution, which defines the scope of the commission’s work, with a goal of forwarding it to the Mayor and Council for review in the spring.

Other goals include continuing to meet quarterly with the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee and the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee for discussions and cooperation.

Among the commission’s accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2021-2022, which spans July 1, 2020-present day, the report listed:

  • Inviting RPAC and RBAC to introduce social justice/equity concerns and goals related to traffic and transportation and supporting those goals.
  • Discussing speeding concerns in the Hungerford neighborhood, leading to neighborhood outreach and planned traffic-calming measures.
  • Submitting testimony on Rockville’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan.Learn more about the plan at RockvilleReports.com/mayor-and-council-unanimously-adoptrockville-2040-comprehensive-plan.
  • Providing feedback to the county on its Corridor Forward Interstate 270 transit plan. Learn more about the plan at montgomeryplanning.org/planning/transportation/transit-planning/corridor-forward-the-i-270-transit-plan/.
  • Providing feedback to city on the Town Center Road Diet Study. The study includes an upcoming project to add pedestrian and bicycle facilities on North Washington Street and East Middle Lane. Find the concept plan and learn more about the study under “Town Center Road Diets” at www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero.
  • Supporting the city’s Climate Action Plan. Learn more about the plan in the article on page 1 and at www.rockville md.gov/climate.
  • Providing feedback on city’s Vision Zero progress. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero.
  • Discussing stop sign and traffic violations in King Farm and requesting increased enforcement by city police.
  • Submitting a letter in opposition to the state’s I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Project. See more about city efforts to oppose the project.
  • Submitting a letter supporting a feasibility study, during this fiscal year, for a pedestrian and bicycle crossing of the CSX and Metrorail tracks to better connect Twinbrook to the city’s west side.

Find video of the report presentation with the Jan. 10 Mayor and Council agenda at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Learn more about the commission and its work at rockvillemd.gov/123/Traffic-and-TransportationCommission.

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